April 13th / 2023

View todays celebrity birthdays and find out what happened in history today.

2019 – The world’s largest plane, The Stratolaunch, had its first flight from the Mojave Desert in California.
Celebrity birthdays
Al Green, singer, 77; Ron Perlman, actor, 73; Max Weinberg, drummer (The E Street Band) 72; Jimmy Destri, keyboardist (Blondie) 69; Alan Devonshire, footballer, 67; Gary Kasparov, chess grandmaster, 60; James Jordan, dancer, 45; Claudio Bravo, goalkeeper, 40.
What day is it

April 13th is Make Lunch Count Day, Peach Cobbler Day, Plant Appreciation Day, Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday, Scrabble Day.

This day in history

1829 – The British Parliament passed the Catholic Emancipation Act, lifting restrictions imposed on Catholics at the time of Henry VIII.

1892 – The birth of Sir Arthur Travers Harris, Royal Air Force Bomber commander, nicknamed ‘Bomber’ Harris by the press, and often within the RAF as ‘Butcher’ Harris. He instituted the mass bombing raids over Germany, including the controversial blanket bombing of Dresden.

1892 – The birth of Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt, considered by many to be the inventor of radar. The system provided the vital advance information that helped the Royal Air Force win the Battle of Britain.

1912 – The formation of the Royal Flying Corps (later incorporated into the RAF).

1919 – British troops opened fire on 10,000 unarmed civilians at Amritsar in India who had defied the restrictions against public gatherings. 379 people were killed and 1,200 wounded.

1922 – John Braine, English novelist was born. His books included best sellers ‘Room at the Top’ and ‘Life at the Top’.

1935 – Imperial Airways and QANTAS inaugurated their London to Australia air service.

1936 – Luton Town footballer Joe Payne, aged 22, set a goal scoring record when he scored ten goals in one match against Bristol Rovers.

1937 – The birth of Edward Fox, stage, film and television actor. He is generally associated with portraying the role of the upper-class Englishman, such as the title character in the film The Day of the Jackal (1973) and King Edward VIII in Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978).

1992 – Neil Kinnock resigned as Labour Party leader. He blamed the Conservative backed press for his party’s defeat at the general election.

1994 – Star Trek actor George Takei had an asteroid named after him. The asteroid 7307 Takei was discovered on this day from Nachi-Katsuura Observatory in Japan.

2014 – New reasearch defined Britishness as the monarchy, the BBC and pubs, with William Shakespeare, the House of Commons and our weather topping the list. The British Social Attitudes survey found that a third of people were very proud to be British, compared with 43 per cent a decade previously.

2019 – The world’s largest plane, The Stratolaunch, had its first flight from the Mojave Desert in California. The airplane was built to launch rockets into orbit while high in the atmosphere. Its wingspan was bigger than a football field.

Trivia and shower thoughts

There are only 4 words in the English language which end in ‘dous’ (they are: hazardous, horrendous, stupendous and tremendous)

In 10 years there will be a very strange collection of washed-up
Vine/YouTube/Instagram “celebrities” with no discernible skills whatsoever.

This water closet used to be referred to as ‘the library’… we should start calling it the ‘phone booth’.

Giving lottery tickets/scratch cards as a present is like saying “The best gift I could give you is a small chance at a vastly different life… good luck”

“All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” – Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) in Sunset Boulevard, 1950

The biggest film of 1955: Lady and the Tramp.

Waldo’s mom must be worried sick.

Sonny Bono was the only member of the United States Congress to ever have a number-one single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 music chart.

Sophia Loren – Real Name: Sofia Scicolone

Roulette Odds: Black: Payoff: 1:1 True Odds: 47.37%

Red Shirt (redshirt) – doomed person, From Star Trek – the guy wearing the red shirt would be killed.

Mother Teresa is one of eight people to have been granted “Honorary Citizenship” by the United States

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